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Chelsea agree to pay off Ross Barkley to lose his £200k-a-week wage with one year left on his deal

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Chelsea agree to pay off Ross Barkley to lose his £200,000-a-week wage, while the former England prodigy STILL has a one-year contract at Stamford Bridge

  • Chelsea have canceled the contract of disgraced midfielder Ross Barkley
  • The Blues have offered the 28-year-old a reward with one year left on his contract
  • Barkley has played 100 games for Chelsea, but has barely played in recent years
  • The former Everton prodigy, 28, is now hoping to revive his career elsewhere

Chelsea have ended the deal with disgraced midfielder Ross Barkley and have agreed to pay off the last year of his £200,000-a-week contract.

The 28-year-old has fallen way down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, and despite being involved in the club’s pre-season tour of the US, he has not been included in any of Thomas Tuchel’s Premier League rosters.

The former Everton prodigy arrived at Stamford Bridge in January 2018 for £15million and was assigned the number 8 shirt – previously worn by legendary Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard.

Chelsea have canceled the contract of disgraced midfielder Ross Barkley

But despite becoming a first-team fixture at Stamford Bridge during the 2018-19 season, playing time slowly declined after that.

He was loaned to Aston Villa in 2020-21 and got off to a good start, before failing to live up to the initial hype and returning to Stamford Bridge.

Barkley has played just 215 minutes in the Premier League for Chelsea in the past two seasons and his relapse stands in stark contrast to the start of his career.

He made his debut for Everton as a teenager and was regarded as one of the country’s most talented players, while also winning 33 caps for England.

He was part of England’s squad at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and Euro 2016, but has not appeared for his country since October 2019.

The ex England international has struggled for playing time at Stamford Bridge in recent years

The ex England international has struggled for playing time at Stamford Bridge in recent years

Barkley was once seen as the future of English football when he broke through at Everton

Barkley was once seen as the future of English football when he broke through at Everton

Barkley had one year left on his £200,000-a-week contract before Chelsea ended his contract at Stamford Bridge, with the Blues unable to move the midfielder any other way.

The midfielder has played a total of 100 appearances for Chelsea and is now hoping to revive his career elsewhere.

A statement on the Chelsea club’s website announcing Barkley’s departure read: “We would like to thank Ross for his contribution to Chelsea and wish him all the best for the rest of his career.”

Chelsea have had a busy summer under new ownership, with the signings of Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly and Marc Cucurella. They hope to add both Anthony Gordon and Leicester’s Wesley Fofana this week before the transfer window closes at 11pm on Thursday.

BARKLEY CARRIRE STATISTICS

Everton 2010-18: Appearances 179, Goals 27

Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 2012-13: Appearances 13, Goals 4

Leeds United (loan) 2012-13: Appearance: 4, Goals 0

Chelsea 2018-present: Appearances 100, Goals 12

Aston Villa (loan) 2020-21: Appearances 24, Goals 3

England 2013-19: Appearance 33, Goals 6

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